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Featuring CCIS Programs

Conversa Intensive Spanish, Costa Rica Summer

Santa Ana, Costa Rica (North America / Latin America)

Quick Facts

Summer VI
Dates:  May – June 
Application Deadline:  Rolling for all cycles, acceptance must occur at least one month prior to commencement of program
Costs:  $3,802 CCIS Member | $4,202 Non-Member

Summer VII
Dates:  June – July 
Application Deadline:  Rolling for all cycles, acceptance must occur at least one month prior to commencement of program
Costs:  $3,802 CCIS Member | $4,202 Non-Member

Summer VIII
Dates:  July – August 
Application Deadline:  Rolling for all cycles, acceptance must occur at least one month prior to commencement of program
Costs:  $3,802 CCIS Member | $4,202 Non-Member

Scholarships Available
Click here for more info.: Summer 2017 Scholarship Information 


Program Overview

The Republic of Costa Rica is a small country in Central America nestled between the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, north of Panama and south of Nicaragua. It is exceptional in that many environments can be visited within a short time. Rain forests, cloud forests, unspoiled beaches, coral reefs, white water rivers and volcanoes can be reached within a couple of hours by car from San José.

Please take a moment to view a short video about the CONVERSA program. 

The College Consortium for International Studies Intensive Spanish programs in Costa Rica are designed for students in the regular degree-seeking program as well as for business and professional people who seek to acquire or improve Spanish language skills in a short period of time.

The program is offered in four-week sessions, and classes have no more than four students each. Students are taught by different instructors each week to strengthen their conversation and oral comprehension skills. Intensive instruction for five-and-one-half hours per day is entirely in Spanish, and individual tutorials on Saturday mornings and additional conversation practice are available upon request.


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Truman State University
Rosa Virginia Mendez
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(660) 785-4076

This program is sponsored and administered by Truman State University.

Academics & Program

Centro Lingüístico Conversa, a language institute dedicated to teaching Spanish and English as foreign languages. The newly renovated center in Santa Ana is about twenty minutes outside the capital city of San José. The campus is located on a mountaintop with sixteen indoor and outdoor classrooms, lunchroom, sports activities and a swimming pool. It is an idyllic setting and welcomes a highly motivated group intent on learning Spanish.

Costa Rica offers a rich cultural and environmental backdrop for intensive study of the Spanish language. Santa Ana is located on a former six-acre mountainside farm, provides intensive Spanish language instruction in a serene setting.

Course Offerings

Elementary Spanish I & II, Basic Spanish Conversation I & II, Intermediate Spanish I & II, Intermediate Conversation & Composition I & II, Advanced Spanish Grammar I & II, Advanced Conversation I, Selected Readings in Spanish American Literature Latin American Literature and Latin American Culture (by permission only)

Academic Highlights

The intensive Spanish Program at Conversa follows the teaching methodology of the Peace Corps and the Foreign Service Institute. No previous study or knowledge of Spanish is required, and on arrival, students are given a placement test in Spanish to determine the appropriate level of study. Students are generally awarded a maximum of 6-8 credits per four week cycle, and a 2.5 GPA is required. The program operates in one-month cycles throughout the year.

Credits: 6-8 semester credits
Instructor's Language: English, other than language courses

Student Life & Housing

Student Life

Costa Rica is known for its mild climate and its national parks, volcanoes, fine beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, rain forests, and wildlife refuges. Students take day and weekend trips to explore the sites.


Housing is an important part of the Intensive Spanish Program. After airport pick-up, the Conversa housing coordinator will place students in a Costa Rican homestay, usually one student per family, in the surrounding neighborhoods. Lunches from the campus lunchroom are included in the program cost and transportation to and from the school is provided.

Conversa will take care of all housing arrangements. On-campus lodgings are available in the campus lodges of La Casona and La Casita, but are at an additional cost. Conversa urges students to opt for the Costa Rican homestay; it offers insight to Costa Rican culture and everyday life and the opportunity to use and practice Spanish.

Santa Ana offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, a dining hall and lounge, swimming pool, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts. All on-site program coordinators are bilingual, and arrange airport pick-ups, arrangement with host families, and all cultural excursions to museums and markets. Conversa also offers student discounts on weekend tours, such as white-water rafting, excursions to volcanoes, biological reserves, and private island tours.

Duration & Costs


Four week cycles
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Summer 2017 Cycles

Sixth Cycle: Arrival & Departure - May 20, 2017 - June 17, 2017
First Day of Classes - May 22, 2017 | Last Day of Classes - June 16, 2017

Seventh Cycle: Arrival & Departure - June 17, 2017 - July 15, 2017
First Day of Classes - June 19, 2017 | Last Day of Classes - July 14, 2017

Eighth Cycle: July 15, 2017 - August 12, 2017
First Day of Classes - July 17, 2017 | Last Day of Classes - August 11, 2017


$3,802 CCIS member |  $4,202 non-CCIS member

All prices, dates, courses are subject to change without prior notification.

Costs included: Instructional costs abroad, CCIS and sponsor fees, textbooks, airport pick-up, airport return and daily transportation, room, board, laundry, academic and extra-curricular activities, and CISI health insurance.
Costs not included: Costs are estimated to be the following - airfare ($850), personal and miscellaneous expenses ($1,500), on-campus residence options available. 

Please note: Total program cost will vary depending on individual’s choice of housing, meal plan, and other choices that are personal preference.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Minimum GPA: Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA
Minimum class standing: Students must have freshman standing and be 18 years old
Application deadline: Deadlines are rolling for all cycles, at least two weeks prior to commencement of program

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!


Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email.

Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer. Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

Two academic references
Official transcript
Color copy of passport
Housing form (sent to student once the CCIS application is received)

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

John Bisges

"During my recent one month stay in Costa Rica, I visited erupting volcanoes, swam under beautiful waterfalls, walked on idyllic beaches and salsaed until dawn. It was thirty days of a dream life, and it was made all the more wonderful by my experience at Conversa. The staff there were always friendly and helpful, the teachers were fantastic, the host family I stayed with really made me feel welcome and the friends I made will last a lifetime; to anyone looking to learn a lot of Spanish while having the time of their lives, I would definitely recommend the CCIS Conversa program in Costa Rica."

Ajay Narula

"I started at Conversa not knowing how to speak a word of Spanish. After only five weeks, most people I encountered assumed that I had been speaking for years. The common phrase I got when I was ¬complimented¬ on my Spanish was ¬Usted puede hablar bastante!¬ After five weeks, I will take that compliment in a heartbeat. What I really enjoyed about Conversa was the fact that classes were so flexible and so customized to each student. The professors had the skills and knowledge to relate the theory of Spanish back to the theory of English. I had taken French in high school and college for a total of 7 years, and there is no way I can speak French nearly as well as I am able to speak Spanish."